NFL Picks Week 7: Underdogs That Will Upset Contending Teams

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 19, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 14:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins is tackled by Erin Henderson #50 of the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at FedExField on October 14, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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We aren't even halfway through the 2012 NFL season, but it already seems like we've had a year's worth of upsets thus far. 

In Week 6, the then-winless Browns shocked the Bengals, the Redskins upended the 4-1 Vikings and the 2-3 Packers handed the previously undefeated Texans their first loss of the season. 

Now, heading into Week 7's slate of games, there are a few matchups featuring Super Bowl contenders that look to be one-sided affairs on paper, but will end in stunning upsets. 

Here's a look at a few of the underdog teams that will pull off surprising wins in Week 7. 


Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears 

Coming off a bye week, Jay Cutler and the 4-1 Bears will be well-rested and ready to go for their game with the Lions on Monday night. 

However, the Lions are fresh off their stunning win over the Eagles last Sunday, and Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson finally looked like the dangerous offensive threats they were in 2011. 

The Bears have been impressive thus far, and are 2-0 at Soldier Field, but the Lions' No. 2-ranked passing game will have a big day against Chicago, and the Lions will roll to their second straight impressive victory on Monday night. 

Prediction: Detroit 33, Chicago 27 


Washington Redskins at New York Giants 

In Week 6, the New York Giants put on a clinic against San Francisco and dominated the rematch of the 2011 NFC Championship Game, winning 26-3. 

However, while the Giants were tormenting Alex Smith and company, Robert Griffin III was authoring the next chapter in his already-legendary rookie season, as the rookie quarterback ran for 138 yards and two scores, including a dazzling 76-yarder to put the game away for the Skins. 

On Sunday at MetLife Stadium, the Giants' defense (ranked 16th on the run and 21st in the air) will be up against the Skins' second-ranked rushing game, and RGIII and Alfred Morris will be too much for the G-men to handle.  

Prediction: Washington 24, New York 20


Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans

Yes, this matchup features two teams that enter the weekend with identical 5-1 records, but after the Ravens lost their emotional leader Ray Lewis and starting corner Lardarius Webb in Week 6, the Texans have to be considered the heavy favorite for Sunday's game at Reliant Stadium. 

However, the Ravens will rally around the losses of two of their best defensive players, and Ray Rice will lead Baltimore to its seventh consecutive victory over the Texans. 

Last week, Arian Foster had easily his worst game of the season against the Packers, and he'll be better in Week 7, but Rice, Joe Flacco and the Ravens' high-powered offense will out-gun Foster, Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson en route to Houston's second straight loss at home. 

Prediction: Baltimore 35, Houston 27